Today, being Thanksgiving, it is a time to reflect on the year or even our lives and give thanks for what we have. Too many of us are unaware of how truly blessed we are. We trivialize the fact that we are healthy, that we have a job, that we have a home. And yet there are so many without one or even all three of those things. We run around like crazy people shopping on Thanksgiving at those shops who opened early and wake up at 2am to stand in line to get some deal on a gift at a store on Black Friday. My gosh the last time I even had enough money saved away to spend on Black Friday was 2012. But thanks to Black Friday Thanksgiving isn’t what it used to be. I think REI has the right idea we need to opt out.
Instead of shopping we need to spend time with our family and friends. We need to tell them how much we appreciate and love them. We need to make lists of what we are grateful for, because believe me, we’ve got it good. We’re not sleeping on the streets. We’re not addicted to drugs and whacked out of our minds (at least I hope you’re not). Someone always has it worse than you. So take a good look around you. I bet you have a lot more than you thought to be thankful for.
I’m so grateful that I’ve got two handsome, smart, caring sons, who are growing up to be men that I’m so proud of. I’m grateful that I’ve got an apartment, and a job, and a car that will get me there. I’m grateful that I’m 5 years cancer free. I’m grateful that I’m finally taking the classes I need to so I can start my own copywriting business. And I’m grateful that I’ve got a 2 year plan that will get by business up and rolling and me out of the country traveling. So what are you grateful for?